The odds of dying in a car accident, and where they rank

Just looking at how many people pass away in car accidents can make it hard to really understand how likely you are to die in a crash. After all, though the numbers seem high, you know there are millions of drivers in New York alone, so you're wondering what the overall odds are. How likely are you to be killed in a fatal crash?

According to researchers, your odds of dying in a car accident are one in 303. That ranked 12th overall in the study.

As always with odds like this, it's important to note that everyone may technically be part of the same sample group, but they don't necessarily face the same odds. For example, if you drive for a living and spend 10 hours a day on the road, you're exposed to a higher level of risk than someone who works at home and just drives occasionally on the weekend.

Wondering how car accidents stack up overall? You're slightly more likely to die of a brain tumor (one in 298) and slightly less likely to die of skin cancer (one in 457).

That being said, the study differentiated various types of auto accidents, so the total risk is even higher. For instance, the odds are one in 649 that you'll be killed in a pedestrian accident, one in 770 that you'll be killed in a motorcycle accident and one in 4,717 that you'll die in a bicycle accident.

This study does a good job of showing the overall risks. If you've lost a loved one or been injured yourself, be sure you know all of the legal options at your disposal.

Source: Time Union, "How are you likely to die? Here are the odds of dying…," Cathleen F. Crowley, accessed Sep. 19, 2017

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